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Galaxy Note Edge Release Date Firming Up

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 23:37

Galaxy Note Edge Release Date Firming Up is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge release date continues to firm up ahead of Samsung’s official announcements as new Galaxy Note Edge release details reveal the company’s plans for consumers in one important market.

On September 3rd, Samsung took to the stage at Unpacked 2014 and introduced several new products including an Apple Watch competitor called Gear S, an iPhone 6 Plus competitor called Galaxy Note 4, and a brand new flagship product called the Galaxy Note Edge. The Galaxy Note Edge is the company’s new high-end version of the Galaxy Note that comes with a screen unlike anything Samsung has ever put on a Galaxy smartphone.

Samsung confirmed all of the Galaxy Note Edge specs but it failed to confirmed many of the device’s other key features including the Galaxy Note Edge price and the Galaxy Note Edge release date. Both of those details remain a mystery even though the Galaxy Note Edge release date is confirmed for sometime later on this year.

Today, Samsung unexpectedly revealed some new Galaxy Note Edge release date information. According to comments made to Canadian outlet CTV News, Samsung is planning a Canadian Galaxy Note Edge release date in 2015. The company did not outline any other details though it did mention that the country would be behind the U.S. Galaxy Note Edge release date. The reason? So that the company can integrate LTE carrier aggregation technology into the device.

It’s not clear what this means for the Canadian market, a specific release date wasn’t given, or the U.S. market. Samsung and U.S. carriers confirmed the Galaxy Note Edge for 2014 though they have yet to supply any concrete details ahead of the fall and the holiday shopping season. U.S. carriers have remained focused on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 instead.

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Despite the lack of official information, we’ve started to see Galaxy Note Edge release make progress behind the scenes. Earlier this month, one Galaxy Note Edge variant passed through the FCC. We also recently spotted a Bluetooth certification for an international model and earlier this week we told you about several Korea-bound Galaxy Note Edge variants that passed their Bluetooth certifications. These certs are all necessary ahead of release.

UK retailer Clove also recently passed along some new Galaxy Note Edge details concerning the device’s upcoming release date in the United Kingdom. The retailer claims that the Galaxy Note Edge will not be available in the United Kingdom right off the bat and that the delay will probably impact other nations in Europe as well. It’s not clear if Europe will be pushed into 2015 or if Samsung will deliver the Galaxy Note Edge release this year.

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, with its curved display, might cost more than the Galaxy Note 4. Amazon Germany is charging nearly €1000 for the Galaxy Note Edge. Same goes for Dutch retailer Notebooksbilliger. By comparison, the Galaxy Note 4 looks like it will cost €699. A note on Weibo from an alleged China Mobile employee suggests that the Galaxy Note Edge price could be expensive in China as well.

Samsung’s new smartphone is one of the year’s most interesting smartphones as it combines a bent display with a number of high-end features. Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge specs include a Quad HD resolution, a 2.7 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 805 with 3GB of RAM, Android 4.4.4 KitKat with Samsung TouchWiz, 16 Megapixel Rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization, massive battery, and a thin 8.3mm frame.

These features help to put it on par with the Galaxy Note 4, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and it’s a device that consumers should keep their eyes on as we enter into the fall and the start of the holidays.

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Galaxy Note Edge Release Date Firming Up is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iOS 8 Release: What Users Need to Know Now

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 22:55

iOS 8 Release: What Users Need to Know Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Yesterday, Apple released its iOS 8 update to the public ahead of its highly anticipated iPhone 6 release date that’s set to take place tomorrow. With the dust now settling around the iOS 8 release date, we want to take a look at the most important things iPhone and iPad owners need to know, right now, about Apple’s new update.

In June, Apple took to the stage at WWDC to announce a slew of new products including OS X Yosemite and the company’s brand new iOS operating system, iOS 8. At the event, Apple announced an iOS 8 beta and revealed plans to release the iOS 8 and all of its new features to iPhone and iPad users sometime this fall.

For months, the iOS 8 update was tied to the rumored iPhone 6 release date, a date that would supposedly fall in September. Earlier this month, Apple confirmed those rumors when it took the stage in Cupertino and announced the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. As expected, it also announced the public release of iOS 8 and all of its features.

The iOS 8 release date was confirmed for September 17th and yesterday, Apple delivered. At 10AM PST, Apple rolled out the iOS 8 update to iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina Display, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2, iPad mini, and iPod touch fifth-gen users. In the hours since its release, we’ve seen a number of new iOS 8 update details start to emerge and we ourselves have been able to take a closer look at how iOS 8 is performing across several key devices.

Here, we want to take a look at the most important takeaways from the iOS 8 release including iOS 8 performance, iOS 8 problems and iOS 8 fixes for some of those problems. This is everything iPhone and iPad users need to know as we move forward away from the iOS 8 release date.

iOS 8 Performance Mostly Solid

We’ve spent the past twenty four hours after the iOS 8 release date using the public iOS 8 release and so far, performance has been mostly solid, at least on many of our devices.

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The iPhone 5s iOS 8 update is performing nicely in its first 24 hours. Battery life appears to be extremely solid at this point, connectivity is still on par with what we saw in iOS 7, and the speed and fluidity of the update is still great. In other words, we’ve been able to enjoy all that iOS 8 has to offer without any major issues getting in the way.

The iOS 8 performance is good on the iPhone 5s.

Right now, we recommend installing the iOS 8 update for iPhone 5s. If you’re having a great experience in iOS 7 or below, you might want to hold out until Apple releases the first iOS 8 bug fixer just to be safe. For most iPhone 5s users though, iOS 8 is going to be worth the download.

If you want to know more about how the iOS 8 update is performing on the iPhone 5s, be sure to check out our first impressions of the update. It will guide you through the most important pieces and help you decide if it’s worth installing right now.

iPhone 5

We’ve also dug into the iOS 8 update for the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5, which came a year before the iPhone 5s, is also performing admirably on our model. We’ve heard and seen various complaints from iPhone 5 users, and specifically complaints about the Mail app crashing and random reboots, but we ourselves haven’t experienced any major issues yet.

Our iPhone 5 is still as fast as it was in iOS 7. It also is pulling down solid connections, great battery life, and we’ve yet to discover any catastrophic, game-changing bugs. iOS 8 on our iPhone 5 is extremely stable and for most iPhone 5 users, it looks like it’s going to be worth the download given the features that are on board.

iPhone 5 users will want to have a peek at our iOS 8 update on iPhone 5 first impressions. They will give you a sense of what to expect and they’ll help you come to a decision.

iPad Air

As expected, the iPad Air iOS 8 update is performing quite well in the hours after the iOS 8 release. We say expected because typically, newer devices perform a whole lot better than older devices. The iPad Air is less than a year old and it’s sporting a high-powered 64-bit chip that can easily handle Apple’s software.

In our brief time with the update, we’ve yet to encounter anything serious. Battery life remains solid, data connections are reliable, and applications are working well for the most part.

iPad Air users on the fence will want to have a look at our initial impressions. While we can’t decide for you, they will gently help you over the fence should you need it.

iPad mini with Retina Display

Our experience on the iPad mini with Retina Display mirrors our experience on the iPad Air. iOS 8 is solid, very solid, and we haven’t got any cause for concern. This is an update that’s worth downloading right off the bat. If you need some more detail, have a look at our first impressions.

iPad 3

The iPad 3 update is solid in some areas, however, it falters when it comes to speed. In our initial impressions, we outlined our concerns which include overall sluggishness similar to that found in iOS 7, keyboard lag and a slow Safari browser. Obviously, we’re just hours removed from the iOS 8 release so it’s hard to say if these problems will persist.

iPad 3 users, especially those with solid iOS 7 performance, will want to proceed with caution. For more details, take a look at our first impressions of the iOS 8 update for the iPad 3.

iPhone 4s & iPad 2

We haven’t been able to test iOS 8 on the iPhone 4s or iPad 2 just yet though we’ve heard from a number of users who are complaining about performance issues after the upgrade. If you own an iPhone 4s or iPad 2, it might be best to hold off for a little while while we gather information. If you’re already installed, have a look at this guide to slow iPhones and iPads. It might help.

iOS 8 Installation Issues Plague Users

Not everyone has installed the iOS 8 update which means that iOS 8 installation issues will likely persist through the next few weeks, perhaps months, as iPhone and iPad owners slowly come around to Apple’s new software.

In particular, there are three iOS 8 installation issues that we’ve spotted (there could be more) that are plaguing users with compatible iPhones and iPads. Here are those issues in no particular order:

Those that encounter or have encountered these problems will want to head to the proper link. There, we outline strategies and fixes for those issues in particular. Those that have to download and install iOS 8 would be wise to take a look at our things to do before installing iOS 8. They will ensure a much smoother download process.

iOS 8 Problems Emerge

It’s clear that iOS 8 comes with some issues attached to it. While they may not be widespread, iPhone and iPad users are complaining about an assortment of problems with Apple’s latest update.

iPad users are dealing with a myriad of issues after installing iOS 8. iPad mini with Retina users are complaining about bad Wi-Fi. iPad mini users are saying that the experience is incredibly slow after installing iOS 8. And iPad Air users are saying that Safari is extremely slow after installing Apple’s new update.

Other iPad users are complaining about an assortment of performance issues after the iOS 8 upgrade. iPad 3 users have run into similar issues and they say that the performance after installing iOS 8 has taken a hit. Apple’s forums are filled with complaints like these. iPad users are having issues with sound, problems with multitasking gestures, FaceTime issues, and more.

iPhone users are dealing with problems as well. iPhone users are also complaining about Wi-Fi issues, a number of problems with the new Family Sharing feature, more Wi-Fi issues, and we’ve heard from iPhone 4s and iPhone 5 users that claim to have abnormal battery drain after the update. Wi-Fi issues and battery life issues are the most common problems after a major iOS update.

While we don’t have fixes for every single issue, Apple’s discussion forums are a great place to start. Those experiencing iOS 8 problems will also want to investigate these iOS battery life tips and take a look at some of these fixes for common iOS problems after an update.

iOS 8.0.1 Rumors

So what’s next? Well, our guess is that Apple will roll out an iOS 8.0.1 update at some point down the road. A recent report from BGR suggests that Apple has already pushed the iOS 8.0.1 update out to testing partners, a sign that a release be just hours, days or perhaps weeks away.

Bare in mind, iOS 8.0.1 likely won’t solve all of your iOS 8 problems. It will probably fix some but issues will linger which means now is a good time to start taking a look at some temporary fixes.

We’ll let you know if we hear anything about Apple’s new iOS 8 update.

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iOS 8 Release: What Users Need to Know Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Moto 360 Orders Shipping Out Early

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 17:44

Moto 360 Orders Shipping Out Early is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

After months of waiting through rumors and tons of hype the brand new Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch finally arrived last week for buyers, but sold out almost immediately. Those who waited around for it only to see it sell out were frustrated, but today we have good news. The Moto 360 is now shipping out early.

While the initial release was extremely limited, selling out within hours from multiple outlets, Motorola is working hard to fix the problem and deliver more units to eager buyers. On Monday Motorola announced pre-orders for the new Moto X smartphone, but also updated prospective buyers on the Moto 360 release woes.

Read: Apple Watch vs Moto 360: 6 Key Differences

Stock from Motorola.com and the Google Play Store were gone on the first day, and have slowly been arriving to buyers. This week a few more arrived for Motorola that quickly sold out, and we’ve seen stock quickly come and go from the Google Play Store and Best Buy stores. However, it looks like at least a few users will be happy to know Google is shipping out the Moto 360 a week earlier than expected.

In an official blog post Motorola detailed tons of their upcoming products release dates and availability, then at the bottom confirmed what many hopeful Moto 360 buyers have been waiting to hear. That more stock will be available soon. Tuesday they made it available again, but shipping estimates put the device out of reach. Buyers were sad to see that after the ordered, the expected ship dates are in late September, and some were pushed into October.

This means if you bought the Moto 360 from Motorola this week, you probably won’t receive it until late next week, or possibly not until October. The release hasn’t been smooth, to say the least, but we do have some good news.

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We ordered the Moto 360 direct from the Google Play store on September 9th before it was sold out, and Google promised the smartwatch would ship on or before September 25th. Which is a little over a 2-week delay from the purchase date.

Today though, it shipped. We’ve received multiple reports from buyers of the Moto 360 on the Google Play Store with similar results. Hinting that at least Google (and possibly Motorola) have received extra stock of the Moto 360 smartwatch and are now filling orders nearly a week sooner than expected.

Our Moto 360 has now shipped, when it originally stated the 25th. Google offers 2-day shipping, and it looks like we’ll have it tomorrow.

Read: Metal Moto 360 Release Date Emerges

Overall the Moto 360 release hasn’t been very smooth. It was delayed over two months longer than the first two Android Wear watches, appears to not have the best battery life compared to the others, and doesn’t have customization like many expected from the Motorola teaser videos leading up to the release.

That all being said, Motorola is finally coming around and making the popular device more readily available. For now the Moto 360 will continue to sell out til more stock becomes available, but hopefully the situation is calming down. Buyers can get it in black with a black strap, or silver with a grey leather strap for $249, and an all stainless steal variant is expected to arrive in November. Stay tuned for more details, and we’ll update once we learn more information from Best Buy, Motorola, or others.

Did your Moto 360 smartwatch order from Google Play or Motorola ship early? Let us know in the comments below!

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Moto 360 Orders Shipping Out Early is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s: 5 Things Buyers Need to Know

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 17:29

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s: 5 Things Buyers Need to Know is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

If you are looking to buy a new iPhone in 2014 you need to compare the iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s. For some buyers this may be to discover why the iPhone 5s is $100 cheaper and for others it is to figure out if it is worth an early upgrade to the iPhone 6.

No matter which buyer you are this comparison will help you figure out the most important differences between the new iPhone 6 and the $99 iPhone 5s.

The most obvious difference is that the Phone 6 features a bigger screen with a higher resolution. Most shoppers will also quickly notice the new iPhone 6 design, but this comparison is about more than fresh new looks and a bigger, better display.

Read: What iPhone 6 Should I Buy?

Although there is little reason to buy the iPhone 5c, the iPhone 5s is still a great phone for many buyers — as long as they go in knowing what it can and cannot do.

We’ll focus on the most important differences that new iPhone shoppers need to look at when they decide to buy the iPhone 6. Apple also announced an iPhone 6 Plus with a 5.5-inch display, but we are focusing on the regular iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch display.

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Here’s what you need to know about the iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s before you upgrade or buy a new iPhone this year.

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s Display

The iPhone 6 features a 4.7-inch 1,334 x 750 resolution display. This is bigger than the 4-inch 1,136 x 640 resolution display on the iPhone 5s. For apps that are not updated for this larger display, the iPhone 6 scales them up. We expect to see many iPhone 6 app updates in the coming weeks.

The iPhone 6 screen is bigger, but still usable with one hand.

Even though the iPhone 6 display is bigger, it is still a Retina Display thanks to the higher resolution. It delivers the same 326 pixels per inch as the iPhone 5s, so you won’t give up quality by going with a bigger display.

Using the iPhone 6 one-handed should not be an issue for most users, and a new side-mounted power button simplifies turning the phone off with one hand. There is a Reachability mode that drops the top half of the screen down when double tap on the home button, in case you can’t reach the top of the display.

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s Size & Design

Here’s how the iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s size stacks up.

The iPhone 6 is larger than the iPhone 5s, but not that much. You will notice that the iPhone 6 is taller and wider than the iPhone 5s, but it is also thinner and lighter. Couple this with a new design that fits into your hand easier and it’s still something you can hold and carry all day.

There are a lot of concern about the iPhone 6 fitting in a pocket. The good news is the iPhone 6 fits in the pocket of mens jeans easily. Women may run into an issue thanks to shallow pockets, but the problem isn’t as pronounced as with the iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple switched from the metal and glass design of the iPhone 5s to an all metal design for the iPhone 6. This includes small bars at the top and bottom of the back that some users don’t like. The iPhone 6 camera also sticks out slightly off the back of the device.

Here’s how the iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s size compares.

Starting Friday September 19th you can stop in to most places that sell iPhones and compare the iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s designs and size for yourself.

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s Features

The iPhone 6 includes several new features that you will not find on the iPhone 5s, even with an iOS 8 update. Here are a few of the most exciting new iPhone 6 features.

Better iPhone 6 Camera

Both the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 include an 8MP camera, but on the iPhone 6 it includes larger pixels and some other cool new technology. Apple uses focus pixels which they claim help the camera focus faster and better. There is also improved face detection on the iPhone 6, and the option to record even better slow motion video.

Apple Pay

The iPhone 6 includes NFC, a small chip that can securely communicate with credit card readers at a growing number of retailers. A free software update in October will turn on Apple Pay, which will allow you to store your credit and debit card in the iPhone 6 and tap to pay at participating retailers. The iPhone 5s does not support this.

Power, Battery Life & Touch ID

With a faster Apple A8 processor the new iPhone 6 will be capable of running more power-hungry or graphically intense apps. Apple Also claims you can expect a better Touch ID experience than on the iPhone 5s. Both iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 now allow other apps to use Touch ID as part of the iOS 8 update.

The iPhone 6 includes a larger battery that should deliver a slightly longer run time, even with a bigger display.

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s Specs

Specs aren’t everything, but for many shoppers a specs comparison is an easy way to see potential differences. Here are the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 Specs.

iPhone 6 Specs
  • Apple A8 64-bit Processor
  • iOS 8
  • 4.7-inch display
  • 16GB / 64GB / 128GB storage options
  • 1.2MP front-facing camera
  • 8MP rear-facing camera
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • 4G LTE
  • Touch ID Fingerprint Sensor
  • NFC

The iPhone 6 specs enable new features like a better camera.

iPhone 5s Specs
  • Apple A7 Processor
  • iOS 8
  • 4-inch display
  • 16GB / 32GB storage options
  • 1.2MP front-facing camera
  • 8MP rear-facing camera
  • 1,570 mAh battery
  • 802.11 a,b,g,n WiFi
  • 4G LTE
iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s Price & Storage

The iPhone 5s is $100 cheaper than the iPhone 6 when you compare the price of the base models at $99 and $199 on a two-year contract.

We’ll see some iPhone 5s deals that drop the price significantly in the coming weeks, but it may be a while before the iPhone 6 price flirts with $99.

Some shoppers may wonder if they should buy the 32GB iPhone 5s or the 16GB iPhone 6. This is a tough call because storage is important, but with everything else that the iPhone 6 offers it may be better to go with the new iPhone.

Apple now sells a 64GB iPhone 6 for $299 on contract, $100 cheaper than the 64GB iPhone 5s sold last year. There is no more iPhone 5s 64GB option once carriers sell through any leftover stock. For the first time Apple offers an iPhone 6 with 128GB of storage for $399.

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iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s: 5 Things Buyers Need to Know is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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New Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 Available for Pre-Order

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 08:05

New Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 Available for Pre-Order is a post by Xavier Lanier from Gotta Be Mobile.

Amazon’s new Fire HDX 8.9 offers faster specs, better sound and an improved display. Starting at $379, the Fire HDX 8.9 is available for pre-order today at Amazon.com for $379.

Amazon is attempting to position the Fire HDX 8.9 against the iPad Air, Apple’s uber-popular tablet and what’s essentially the default tablet for consumers and businesses alike. Whether or not the Fire HDX 8.9 is a better choice than the iPad Air completely depends on users’ needs. Those immersed in Amazon services such as Amazon Prime (One Year Membership) and Kindle Unlimited.

Fire HDX 8.9, 8.9" HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers List Price: $379.00 Current Price: $379.00 Price Disclaimer The new Fire HDX 8.9 is available in several configurations. The base $379 model comes with 16GB of storage, is Wi-Fi only and has ‘special offers’ ads. The 32GB model is $50 more and the 64GB model is $100 more. Ordering a model without special offers costs $15 more. Highly-mobile users can add 4G LTE to the 32GB or 64GB  models for an extra $100. The 32GB Fire HDX 8.9 with 4G LTE costs $529.

The tablet runs on a heavily customized version of Android that Amazon calls Fire OS 4.0. There are countless Android tablets on the market,  but Amazon tries to differentiate its tablets by tying in its media offerings and focusing on customer experience. The user interface is simplified and really focuses on content consumption. The Fire HDX comes with MayDay complimentary live video support

Amazon claims that the Fire HDX 8.9 audio is twice as loud as what’s found on the iPad Air. That’s partially due to the fact that the Fire HDX 8.9 has stereo speakers while the iPad Air has a lone speaker.  It is the first tablet to feature Dolby Atmos, a technology that creates an immersive surround sound experience when using headphones. The Dolby Atmos technology packed into the Fire HDX 8.9 is similar to the latest and greatest audio technology being rolled out in movie theaters.

As far as speed goes, Amazon claims the Fire HDX 8.9 runs on a 2.5GHz processor and a graphics engine that is 70% faster than previous Amazon tablets. This matters most to people that play a lot of games on their devices.

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The Fire HDX 8.9 isn’t all about play. Amazon is offering a $59.99 Fire Keyboard accessory for productivity. It weighs about seven ounces and will help at least some users from reaching for their laptops.

 

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New Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 Available for Pre-Order is a post by Xavier Lanier from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPhone 6 Plus Pre-Orders Start Shipping 2 Weeks Early

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 02:08

iPhone 6 Plus Pre-Orders Start Shipping 2 Weeks Early is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders are shipping very early, in a sign that Apple is able to meet the demand for the larger iPhone for users who waited up until midnight last week.

AT&T iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders frustrated many buyers, including those at Gotta Be Mobile, who ordered the larger iPhone 6 Plus as soon as iPhone 6 pre-orders started but soon found out that ship dates stretched into the middle of October.

Early today AT&T sent out iPhone 6 Plus shipment notifications, moving up delivery to this Friday, the same day as millions will line up for the iPhone 6 release date at local stores trying to get one of the new iPhones.

iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders are shipping two to three weeks early.

For users expecting a delayed iPhone 6 Plus pre-order delivery next month, you should stop and check your email or account for a tracking number. AT&T is shipping the iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders two-weeks early for us, without any action necessary on our part. Here’s where to check your AT&T order status.

The messages come just hours after shoppers received iPhone 6 pre-order shipment notifications from AT&T. The iPhone 6 shipments from earlier today aren’t a shock as the supply is ample and AT&T promised release day delivery since pre-orders started.

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When AT&T sent the iPhone 6 Plus pre-order shipment notifications and order confirmations they included a link to the FedEx tracking information that shows the iPhone 6 Plus in Texas for delivery in less than 48 hours on the iPhone 6 release day.

Even if you didn’t expect your iPhone 6 Plus delivery until October, you should check to see if your order is moved up from an October 2nd – October 13th estimated delivery to this Friday. If it did you’ll need to make sure you are home or that you pre-sign for the iPhone 6 Plus delivery so you don’t end up coming home to a “Sorry we missed you” tag instead of a new iPhone 6.

Make sure you check to see if your iPhone 6 Plus pre-order is coming early.

Even though these iPhone 6 Plus pre-order shipments are overnight shipping with delivery by 3PM, and they are with FedEx now there is no chance for an early delivery. Apple and carriers ask FedEx to hold the deliveries until Friday the 19th, and the shipper gladly listens.

This is good news following many AT&T iPhone 6 pre-order complaints, that left many buyers with a sour taste in their mouth — doubly so for customers who ordered in the middle of the night.

Even two days before the iPhone 6 release date, you can still pre-order the iPhone 6 for delivery on Friday. The selection is limited, but still there. The Apple Store also offers iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders for in store pickup on Friday. This is a promise that you’ll get the iPhone 6 you want at an Apple Store without waiting in line all morning like walk-in shoppers.

If you still need an iPhone 6 case, checkout our roundup of exciting iPhone 6 cases that you can buy in time to put on your new iPhone this Friday.

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One of the most popular iPhone 6 cases is the leather iPhone 6 case from Apple. This case is one that you can find in any Apple Store on release day and is also listed with many carriers. 

Apple designs the leather iPhone 6 case with premium leather in a small form factor that adds minimal bulk to the new iPhone. You can find the leather iPhone 6 case in five color options that match the white and black front of the iPhone 6.

Watch out if you buy the red iPhone 6 case as the leather model for the iPhone 5s wore very fast and looked dirty and grey soon after purchasing.

 $45 at Apple

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iPhone 6 Plus Pre-Orders Start Shipping 2 Weeks Early is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Release Date Could Be Close

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 02:00

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Release Date Could Be Close is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Multiple reports indicate that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date could arrive sooner than expected with a date in late September emerging as a possible Galaxy Note 4 release date for a couple of key battlegrounds.

Earlier this month, just before IFA 2014 in Berlin, Germany, Samsung took the stage and announced a slew of brand new products including two new Galaxy Note models dubbed Samsung Galaxy Note Edge and Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The Galaxy Note Edge, Samsung’s new curved Galaxy Note, will be out later this year while the Galaxy Note 4 release date is confirmed for October.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release rumors point to October 3rd, 10th and the week of the 13th.

Samsung’s silence hasn’t stopped new Galaxy Note 4 release details from flowing and in the past two weeks, we’ve seen the Galaxy Note 4 release date make a ton of progress behind the scenes. International Galaxy Note 4 variants have been caught passing through the FCC and Bluetooth SIG on their way to shelves and today, the final piece of the Galaxy Note 4 U.S. release emerged.

Earlier today, we spotted the U.S. Cellular Galaxy Note 4 at the FCC which means that all five U.S. bound Galaxy Note 4 models (including the AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon variants) have all received clearance. With a Galaxy Note 4 release date confirmed for October, there’s a good chance that we’ll hear more about the release date, and pre-orders, in the near future.

The Galaxy Note 4 release seems to be moving faster outside of the United States. Earlier this week, UK retailer Clove began taking Galaxy Note 4 pre-orders ahead of an expected release the week of October 13th. The retailer is also taking orders for Galaxy Note 4 accessories.

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We’ve also seen Galaxy Note 4 pre-orders spring up for the international version of the device on Amazon’s website. Dutch retailers have also revealed an estimated arrival date of October 10th though that date, like the others remains unconfirmed.

Today, Galaxy Note 4 release date details took a bit of a twist. A new report from ZDNet Korea claims that SK Telecom is taking pre-orders ahead of an early Galaxy Note 4 release date on September 26th. LG U+ and KT, two other Korean operators, are also reportedly mulling this release date. That date remains unconfirmed but new information backs up this information.

According to a China Mobile employee on Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo, the Galaxy Note 4 will go on sale in China on September 26th. The information, first spotted by G 4 Games, also suggests that the SM-N9108 will cost 5,199 Yuan while the other model, the SM-N9100, will cost 5,399 Yuan. While the date remains unconfirmed, it does line up with the details that emerged earlier in the day.

If the Galaxy Note 4 release does land early, it will collide with Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, both of which will hit several countries on September 19th before hitting several more on September 26th. Korea is not part of the initial wave of iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus release dates and China’s iPhone 6 could be pushed back to 2015.

The Galaxy Note 4 release date remains out of reach but we do know what to expect from the Galaxy Note 4 specs. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be loaded up with new features including a new 5.7-inch Quad HD display, Snapdragon 805 processor from Qualcomm, 16MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization, new design that features plastic and metal, 32GB of storage, Android 4.4.4 KitKat, new software, and a brand new S Pen.

Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 4 will replace the Galaxy Note 3 as the company’s flagship and join the Samsung Galaxy S5 in its fight against Apple, HTC Motorola, and LG. It’s still not clear when the Galaxy Note Edge will join it though Samsung confirmed its release for sometime later this year.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Release Date Could Be Close is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Disable Galaxy S5 Automatic App Updates

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 23:19

How to Disable Galaxy S5 Automatic App Updates is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

When it comes to using a smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy S5 there are tons of features, options, advanced controls and more, and sometimes it can get a bit confusing. For those new to Android, something as simple as enabling (or disabling) apps from updating automatically can be a challenge.

For those with a new Samsung Galaxy S5 that don’t want to be bothered every few days with a notification to update applications on the Google Play Store, you can simply set them to auto-update. On the flipside, many user want total control, so here we’ll go over how to enable, or disable automatic app updates.

Read: How to Take a Screenshot on the Galaxy S5

If you hate being bothered by tons of notifications to update apps on your Galaxy S5 there’s an easy way to solve the problem. The Google Play Store has a few simple and easy to find settings to do this, but if you’re new, we’ll go through the detailed instructions below.

It is extremely easy to set up the Samsung Galaxy S5 to update all your apps automatically, without any interaction from you. Users can even set it to update over WiFi only, to save the limited data they may have on any carrier plans as well. Whether or not you should do this is up to you, and here’s how.

Instructions

This is a setting that isn’t in the Galaxy S5 system or phone settings, and instead has everything to do with the Google Play Store where you get games, apps, or music. Simply head to the Google Play Store by tapping the icon on your homescreen, or by finding it in your application tray.

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Once you’re in the Google Play Store users will need to tap the top left (3-lines) menu button next to the “Play Store” writing. This retrieves a slide-out settings menu from the left, and this is where you’ll head to settings for the Google Play Store. Tap the slide-out menu, then select “Settings” from the list of options.

From here you’ll instantly see where you need to go. Under the General settings you’ll see the second option listed is “Auto-update apps” and you’ll want to select this. You’ll then see a popup appear with three options. Likely it’s set to automatically update apps, which is nice, but if you want to disable that you can do so here as well.

Simply tap to select “Do not auto-update apps” and you’ll have to manually update apps moving forward. However, this means you’ll constantly get notifications that new apps need to be updated, and it won’t do it automatically. I prefer to control what apps update, and when, so this is the setting I use.

You’ll also notice an option to auto-update apps whenever, no matter what connection you’re using. This will use your 1, 2, or 5GB data plan, and could have you reaching your limits if you download music, movies, or big games. This confirms data charges may apply, so you’d probably want to set it for WiFi only. That is, unless you don’t have WiFi access.

It’s best to update apps over WiFi to save data, not to mention many home internet connections or WiFi spots have faster speeds than your smartphone.

What Should You Choose?

Casual smartphone users or those new to Android may just want to let the smartphone do everything for them. I know my parents hate getting notifications for updates all the time, so they have it set to auto. I’d rather control what update, and look at changelogs and permission requests, so I do it all manually.

If you use auto-update you won’t know what’s new, because you didn’t read it when updating the app. You’ll just notice changes to popular apps like Facebook, YouTube, or even games you may play.

In the end it’s all about personal preference. How much time you want to spend messing with apps and manually updating apps, or just let your phone do all the work for you. Select what’s best for you, and change it as you see fit.

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How to Disable Galaxy S5 Automatic App Updates is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iOS 8 on iPad Air: First Impressions and Performance

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 23:01

iOS 8 on iPad Air: First Impressions and Performance is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Back in June at WWDC, Apple announced that it would be delivering a new iOS 8 update to iPhone and iPad owners this fall. Earlier this month, Apple confirmed the iOS 8 release date and today, the company rolled out its successor to iOS 7. With the release date now upon us, it’s time to take an initial look at iOS 8 on iPad Air, Apple’s current 9.7-inch iPad.

Last October, shortly after the iPhone 5s launch, Apple took the stage again to announce brand new iPads, one of which was the 9.7-inch iPad Air. The iPad Air replaced the iPad 4 and it, and the iPad mini with Retina Display, helped usher in Apple’s new iOS 7 update. iOS 7, as many of you know, delivered some big time changes to Apple’s mobile operating system.

Since then, the iPad Air has been the recipient of countless iOS updates including Apple’s most recent iOS 7.1 update, iOS 7.1.2. Today though, the current iPad flagship is getting its first major iOS upgrade in the form of iOS 8, an update that made another debut last week alongside the iPhone 6.

iOS 8 made its debut several months ago though Apple showed off the final version at its iPhone 6 launch on September 9th. It also tagged the iOS 8 with a public release date of September 17th. For months, the iOS 8 update has been poked and prodded by developers and today for the first time the final iOS 8 release is available to the public

As expected, Apple pushed the iOS 8 update around 10AM PST delivering the goods to iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina Display, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2, iPad mini, and iPod touch fifth-gen users. Now that we’ve been able to spend some quality time with the public release, we want to take a look our first impressions of the iOS 8 update for iPad Air.

Installing iOS 8

Before installing iOS 8 on the iPad Air, I first installed it on the iPhone 5. As I noted in my first impressions of iOS 8 on the iPhone 5, the installation process was painless and took around 30 minutes or so. I figured that the iOS 8 installation process for a newer device like the iPad Air would be even smoother than that. I was wrong.

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Midway through the iOS 8 download process, I was greeted with an unknown error that stopped my download dead in its tracks. The download had been going for at least 10 minutes so this was a bit surprising. I clicked out and then, not following my own advice, I started to panic because it looked like the update had bricked my iPad.

I quickly unplugged my Lightning cable and then performed a quick reset by holding down the power button and home button for about 10 seconds. When the device powered back on, it told me that I needed to plug in to a computer and load up iTunes.

So, I did that and I was immediately greeted with one option and one option alone. I needed to restore my iPad. Tried that and because this was about 20 minutes after the initial iOS 8 release, Apple’s servers produced an error. At this point, I figured the only sensible thing to try was a manual update. I quickly downloaded the proper file, Option clicked on Restore iPad… and about 20 or so minutes later, my iPad Air was rocking iOS 8.

The whole process probably took me an hour. Moral of the story is, be sure to set aside some time to download and install iOS 8. You never know what might pop up. Also, follow my advice and stay calm. There’s probably a fix for whatever issue comes along.

iOS 8 Performance

Remember, when it comes to the performance of iOS updates like iOS 8, I like to look at five different areas in particular. Those areas are: Applications and how they’re performing post update, battery life and whether there is abnormal drain, random bugs or hiccups, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth performance, and overall speed. After spending some quality time with the iOS 8 update for iPad Air, here’s what I’ve found.

Apps

iOS apps will often cause applications to start acting crazy. In the past, I’ve dealt with random crashes, random freezing, and other performance issues post-iOS update. The bigger updates tend to cause more trouble than the little iOS updates so I was certainly nervous going into the iOS 8 upgrade for the iPad Air. After all, apps are the lifeblood of my iPad.

I don’t have every single app that you have, plain and simple. So instead of downloading every app on the App Store, I’ll single out my experience with some of the more popular iOS applications. I’ve taken a deep dive into Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Chrome, Netflix, Spotify, Soundcloud, Google Maps, Google Hangouts, Pandora, The Weather Channel App, and YouTube. I also play a lot of games on the iPad so I’ve thrown in Angry Birds Space, Kingdom Rush, Tiny Wings, and a graphics intensive game called The Room 2.

This is probably going to come as a bit of a shock to you, it was certainly a shock to me, but all of these applications, Facebook included, are running marvelously after the upgrade to iOS 8. I honestly have not come across a single issues, on the iPad Air at least, in the hours after downloading and installing the final version. Even Netflix is working fine.

Now, this doesn’t mean that you won’t run into problems. It also doesn’t mean that I won’t run into problems down the road. It simply means that everything is going smoothly right now. Applications have a funny way of acting up in the days and weeks after an iOS update so while I’m optimistic, I realize that there’s a good chance something goes wrong in the days ahead.

iOS 8 Battery Life

I’ve installed a lot of updates on my iPad Air though iOS 8 is the largest one to date. Prior to iOS 8, I never had a problem with my iPad Air battery life. I typically can go a full day or more without having to put it on a charger. So far, iOS 8 has delivered the exact same battery life performance and I’m hopeful that this remains intact for the foreseeable future.

In the hours after installing the update, I haven’t noticed any abnormal battery drain and I haven’t experienced any slow charging. The iPad Air is still holding a fantastic charge, something that I’ve grown accustomed to ever since I bought it. I haven’t seen much fluctuation since the day I picked it up and I’m confident that battery life will remain solid on my iPad Air in the days ahead.

Connectivity

I don’t have 4G LTE connectivity on my iPad Air so I can’t speak to how that’s performing but what I can tell you is that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are both working fine. I rely on Wi-Fi because I don’t have cellular data and so far, speeds have been up to snuff. I also haven’t witnessed any abnormal slowdown or any dropped connections.

Bluetooth is also solid and I was able to quickly, and efficiently, connect the iPad Air to my Bose Soundlink Mini and play some tunes from Spotify. No, I did not play U2.

Miscellaneous Bugs & Issues

I’ve only had the iOS 8 update on my iPad Air for about four hours. That’s not enough time to deem iOS 8 bug-free but it is enough time for me to relay some feedback.

Thus far, I’ve yet to stumble upon any noticeable bugs, flaws or game changing issues. The update appears to be very stable for a major update though bugs typically show themselves in the days, weeks and even months after release. There are more than likely bugs on board the iOS 8 update but it’s still early in the game.

This is important because iOS 7 caused random reboot issues for iPad mini with Retina, iPhone 5s and iPad Air owners last year before Apple plugged up the memory leak. I’ve seen no such issues in iOS 8.

Speed

iOS on the iPad Air has always been fast and fluid. Unlike my iOS 7.0 experience on the iPhone 5, iOS 7.0 performed very well on the iPad Air thanks to the powerful hardware tucked inside. Nothing’s changed in iOS 8. The software is still very fast and I’ve yet to experience any abnormal sluggishness or slowdown.

I’m hearing that the iPhone 4s and iPad 2 iOS 8 updates are causing problems but I’m liking what I’m seeing from iOS 8 on the iPad Air. At least thus far. Given how new it is, it should be one of Apple’s top performers. I’m not worried about it at all.

iOS 8 Features

iOS 8 doesn’t look much different than iOS 7 and after installing it, you’re probably not going to be able to tell that you’re running a brand new operating system. Underneath the surface though, there is plenty to discover and as I’ve found out, there is plenty to like about iOS 8. These are my initial impressions of some of the iOS 8 features that jumped out at me.

Battery Usage

The battery usage tool located in the Usage section of iOS 8′s settings is quickly becoming one of my favorite parts of the iOS 8 update. This battery life usage tool will allow you to monitor individual applications for battery drain, something that will help you to conserve precious battery life during a road trip, on a flight, or just during your normal work day. I typically use my iPad on all three.

I’ve looked it an unhealthy amount already though I suspect once I nail down the worst offenders, Google Chrome is already at the top of my list, I’ll start to look at it far less. To me, this is one of iOS 8′s small but extremely useful features that I think many of you iPad Air users are going to love. After all, battery life is essential when you take the iPad traveling. This will help you manage it better.

iMessage

I’ve been looking forward to the changes to iMessage ever since Apple showed them off on stage at WWDC. Like battery life, the Messages application is a key component of my every day iPad use. I message a lot. Co-workers, friends, family, you name it. I find myself sending hundreds messages a day without really knowing it.

In iOS 8, Apple expands on the capabilities of its Messages application. You can now name your group threads to keep things organized. You can remove yourself from group messages. You can set Do Not Disturb on for individual people. You can easily share your location. You can look at your attachments that you shared with friends and family. Most of this is done through the Details tab in the top right corner.

These features, along with the battery usage tool, are probably going to end up being the iOS 8 features that I use the most moving forward. They’re both essential and both have been a long time coming. I’m glad they’re here.

Multitasking

Apple’s iPad multitasking leaves a whole lot to be desired. It simply can’t match up with the powerful features found on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S or Microsoft Surface. Those devices allow you to run two apps on screen at the same time. That’s something that I’d love to see on the iPad and it’s something fortunately is rumored for the future. Problem is, it’s not here now.

What is here now is an upgraded version of Apple’s so-called multitasking. Yes, you still have the cards that you can swipe away but you also now have little circles above those cards that provide easy access your most recent contacts. Tap on a circle and you’re able to call that person, send them a message or make a FaceTime call. It also gives you easy access to your Favorites if you swipe to the right. I can see myself using this a lot.

Keyboard

As I noted in my iPhone 5 impressions, I don’t know how I feel about the changes Apple made to the keyboard.

In iOS 8, the keyboard will supposedly be able to predict what you’ll type next to provide a more fluid way of typing. It has done a fairly good job at that so far but I still find the keyboard to be intrusive and distracting, even on a 9.7-inch iPad. Perhaps, it will take some getting used to (god forbid) and I’ll wind up using it for texts and email down the road.

Camera & Photos

The camera and Photos applications deliver some changes as well. I never shoot photos or video with my iPad Air, it’s too big and not a good alternative to my phone, but I suppose if I did I’d love the new capture timer that Apple’s added that lets you set a timer for photos. It’s a small addition but certainly one that should be welcomed by iPad photographers.

Thanks to the new Photo app, you now have the ability to quickly edit your photos in-house. The options aren’t as powerful as an app like Afterlight but they’re free.

Photos is now smarter about sorting your photos and videos as well making them much easier to find. Those of you that take a lot of photos or video will also appreciate the new smart search that allows you to easily find a photo or video from years ago. I’ve already found some horrible photos that I had completely forgotten about.

Obviously, there is a lot more to iOS 8 but it’s going to take time to comb through its features. There are well over a 100 new iOS 8 features on board, some of which take months to discover. These are just the features that stood out to me in the hours after the iOS 8 update’s arrival.

Should You Install iOS 8?

There’s a lot to like about iOS 8. I think the battery life tool and the changes to iMessages are going to be big for many iPad users and those honestly just scratch the surface. iOS 8 delivers over a hundred new features, big and small, and I’ll be taking a deeper dive into those over the next week or so.

So far, I haven’t noticed any major performance issues on the iPad Air, not surprising given that iOS 8 is its first update. Battery life is solid, I haven’t discovered any catastrophic bugs, and connectivity is stable.

If you’re nervous or if you don’t care about what iOS 8 has to offer, wait a few days or a few weeks for the dust to settle. Apple is poised to deliver some upgrades to iOS 8 in the next few months including bug fixes. For most of you though, iOS 8 is going to be worth the install. It builds on the foundation left behind by iOS 7 and delivers promise of its own.

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iOS 8 on iPad Air: First Impressions and Performance is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iOS 8 Software Update Errors Plague Users

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 17:42

iOS 8 Software Update Errors Plague Users is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

iPhone and iPad users trying to upgrade to the new iOS 8 update have encountered issues during the installation process with iPhone and iPad owners reporting software update servers errors when trying to upgrade to iOS 8 with iTunes.

Just a short time ago, Apple released iOS 8 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, pushing its biggest iOS update of the year out to users around the world. Problem is, many of those trying to update to the new iOS 8 software are encountering problems downloading and installing Apple’s new operating system in the minutes after its release.

While downloading iOS 8, we ran into a software update server error that prevented us from continuing the iOS 8 download. The error looks like the error in the screen grab below.

Unfortunately, the error prevents the iOS 8 download process from happening and it forces users to try to download the update again. The error occurred when trying to use iTunes with both an iPhone 5 and an iPad Air and we have seen it occur on an iPad mini as well. Other users are reporting this error as well, meaning this is could be a widespread error that users are encountering as Apple’s servers get slammed with iOS 8 download requests.

For the moment, iPhone and iPad owners who encounter the “Software Update Server” errors are left with one solution and that is to try again and see if the download and installation process is able to complete. We were taken right back to the error screen when trying again though others appear to have had some luck getting the installation process to start up again after a couple of tries.

In addition to these iOS 8 problems with iTunes, some iPhone and iPad users are unable to download Over-the-Air leaving them without the means to install iOS 8. Apple offers iPhone and iPad owners two ways to download its iOS updates and it appears that both of these methods are under duress for the time being.

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iPhone and iPad users are also complaining about storage issues affecting the iOS 8 download process. Many iPhone and iPad users are unable to install the iOS 8 update due to the amount of space that the iOS 8 requires with an Over-the-Air update. Those trying to install the iOS 8 update Over-the-Air thru Settings will need 4.6GB or more of free space available in order to get the download process moving in the right direction.

Apple’s download prompt suggests that iPhone and iPad owners should delete files in order to free up space to tackle these iOS 8 storage issues. There is a much easier solution.

Before deleting precious photos, apps and other files, iPhone and iPad users running into iOS 8 storage problems will want to consider installing the iOS 8 update with iTunes. iTunes does not require any free space to install though the process is far more inconvenient.

Those that cannot use iTunes will need to go to Settings -> General -> Usage to see which apps or videos are taking up the most space on the iPhone or iPad. This will allow you to delete the biggest apps for a faster iOS 8 upgrade, instead of hunting and deleting apps, music, and other files on the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

iOS 8 is not as ambitious as last year’s iOS 7 update but it’s a large update nonetheless. Apple’s new software for iPhone and iPad comes with a number of new features including improvements to Photos, iMessaging, FaceTime Audio and more. The update is free and it’s available to iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina Display, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2, iPad mini, and iPod touch fifth-gen users.

The update is not going to be available to users on the iPhone 4 who must remain on the company’s iOS 7.1 update from earlier this year.

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iOS 8 Software Update Errors Plague Users is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iOS 8 Download Times Hit 6 Hours

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 17:40

iOS 8 Download Times Hit 6 Hours is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The iOS 8 release is here, but if you want to update to iOS 8 today you’re in for a very long wait.

After starting the iOS 8 download right at 1 PM Eastern, there is still a three to six-hour estimated iOS 8 download time on our iPad mini Retina and we are seeing other iOS 8 update problems including the inability to connect to the server to check.

Read: How Long Will the iOS 8 Update Take?

There are already millions complaining that they need 4.5GBs, 5.8GBs or 6.9GBs of free space to update to iOS 8, and it looks like the iOS 8 release date problems are just getting started.

iOS 8 Error can’t find the update to start downloading iOS 8.

One of the first iOS 8 update problems is that the device is not able to connect to check for an update. This is the worst issue because you can’t even start the iOS 8 download. The iOS 8 error message says,

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“Unable to Check for Update An Error occurred while checking for a software update.”

There are options to Cancel or Try again. After several tries we were able to connect and see an iOS 8 update for the iPhone 5s.

iOS 8 download times hit six hours.

Once you connect the iOS 8 download time could be a major reason to not install iOS 8 today. On a fast WiFi connection the iOS 8 download time is three hours on the iPad mini and six hours on the iPad 3. That’s not counting the time it will take you to complete the installation.

While the iOS 8 download time slowly slips by you can continue to use the iPhone or iPad, but you don’t want to leave WiFi coverage. This is not an update you want to download on LTE. If you do need to leave you will be able to resume or restart the iOS 8 update later when the iOS 8 download times aren’t measured in hours.

Some iOS 8 download times are a more agreeable three hours.

Another iOS 8 download problem we are seeing is Update Requested. It appears Apple is limiting the number of iOS 8 downloads to prevent servers from going down and some users may see an iOS 8 download message letting them know they are in line, but not downloading iOS 8 yet.

If there are too many people downloading you may see an iOS 8 update requested message.

After a short period the iOS 8 download will start. In our case the download started within 15 minutes, but the iOS 8 download time is an astonishing six hours. Read how to upgrade to iOS 8 for more tips.

You don’t need to install the iOS 8 update today, and there are several reasons to skip installing iOS 8 today. You can check out the iOS 8 features in the video above and in the iOS 8 walkthrough below.

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We start our iOS 8 vs iOS 7 walkthrough with the iPhone home screen, which is where you'll start your iOS 8 experience after an update this fall. 

These screens are incredibly important as you see them anytime you turn on the iPhone or need to choose an app to launch. There is no way around using them, so Apple needs to make sure they work just right. 

As you can see in the iOS 8 vs iOS 7 comparison above, there is no change between the home screen in the new iPhone software. Apple changed the status bar and some other small visual changes in iOS 7, but there are no updates for iOS 8.  

We could see Apple change the home screen slightly for iOS 8 for the iPhone 6. The new iPhone will feature a larger 4.7-inch display with a higher resolution. This is something Apple may use to add more icons to the screen. Or they could stick with the current layout, it's tough to tell.  

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iOS 8 Download Times Hit 6 Hours is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iOS 8 Release Date Excitement Keeping Users Up til Midnight

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 02:12

iOS 8 Release Date Excitement Keeping Users Up til Midnight is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The iOS 8 release date is September 17th and after all the excitement over a late night iPhone 6 pre-order, a lot of users are looking forward to downloading the iOS 8 update at midnight.

It’s easy to think there is an iOS 8 release date at midnight, after all we are used to midnight releases for video games, midnight movie openings and midnight iPhone 6 pre-order start times, but these users are in for a wasted night.

Apple confirmed the iOS 8 release date for September 17th last week, but did not mention a specific time. Thanks to Apple’s predictable schedule the iOS 8 midnight release is not something you can count on at 12 AM Eastern or even 12 AM Pacific.

The iOS 8 release date is confirmed for September 17th.

The iOS 8 release time is 10 AM Pacific 1 PM Eastern on September 17th. This is the same time Apple released the last several iOS updates and with the potential for server problems and other issues the chance Apple decides to switch to a midnight iOS 8 release time is very unlikely.

Read: 8 Reasons Not to Update to iOS 8 on Day One

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If you are looking for more information, and like the many users below you stayed up late to be first to start the download on the iOS 8 release date you can use this time to follow our iOS 8 release date tips that will help you get ready for Apple’s free update.

One reason more users think the iOS 8 release happens at midnight is that many iOS 8 app updates are arriving on iPhones and iPads, putting iOS 8 front and center for many.

Here are a small sample of users waiting up for an iOS 8 release date arrival at midnight, who are in for frustration and disappointment.

.and I'm thinking iOS 8 was gonna be available at midnight :/

— el ? (@el_complejo) September 17, 2014

so supposedly iOS 8 comes out tonight at midnight

— Tyla ? (@xTylJames) September 17, 2014

Really hope iOS 8 is dropping at midnight.

— . (@leBalenciaga) September 17, 2014

I shall stay up till midnight for iOS 8 ????

— Shaelyn Andrews. (@Shae_baybayx0) September 17, 2014

Hopefully iOS 8 come out at exactly midnight so I can update my phone ????

— K$ (@queenxxkay) September 16, 2014

I want to stay up 'till midnight just to see if iOS 8 comes out but I know it won't.

— Liberate (@Cannibalistica) September 16, 2014

Everybody with an iPhone just waiting for midnight for that iOS 8 ????

— #millyforUgirl ?? (@millyhere_) September 17, 2014

There is such a small chance that Apple will change things up and release iOS 8 at midnight that you should stop waiting and go to bed.

Read: How Long Will the iOS 8 Update Take?

There is good reason to be excited about the iOS 8 update. Apple includes a ton of exciting new features like better group messages, the ability to answer a phone call on the iPad, Touch ID support for apps and better sharing in Safari as well as many others. Here’s a look at our top 10 iOS 8 features;

  1. Texts, Calls, Hotspot & Handoff – Your calls and texts show up on Mac and iPad and you can easily use the iPhone hotspot as well as bring your work with you between devices when you switch from one to the other.
  2. Notifications –  Quickly reply to notifications without leaving the app they are in.
  3. Better Messages – Send voice and video messages. Leave and do not disturb individual Group Message threads.
  4. New Keyboard Features & Third Party Keyboards – Apple adds predictive text and allows keyboard choices finally.
  5. iCloud Photo Library – Access all your photos and videos in full resolution from anywhere. Paid storage starts at 20GB for 99 cents a month.
  6. Family Share – Share apps, movies and more without using the same Apple ID and approve In App Purchases with a notification.
  7. Siri Always Listening – When plugged in you can say, “Hey Siri.” and Siri will launch so you can use the assistant.
  8. Smart Sharing – You can now share to more than the stock list of Apps that Apple picked. This changes based on the apps you have installed.
  9. FaceTime Call Waiting – We make a lot of FaceTime calls and we can finally switch calls easily using iOS 8.
  10. Touch ID Support for Apps – Touch ID now works in third-party apps which makes it possible to secure other apps using your fingerprint.

You can check out the iOS 8 features slide show below to see what all you can expect from this free update that is coming to the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2, iPad mini, iPad mini Retina and iPod touch 5th generation.

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We start our iOS 8 vs iOS 7 walkthrough with the iPhone home screen, which is where you'll start your iOS 8 experience after an update this fall. 

These screens are incredibly important as you see them anytime you turn on the iPhone or need to choose an app to launch. There is no way around using them, so Apple needs to make sure they work just right. 

As you can see in the iOS 8 vs iOS 7 comparison above, there is no change between the home screen in the new iPhone software. Apple changed the status bar and some other small visual changes in iOS 7, but there are no updates for iOS 8.  

We could see Apple change the home screen slightly for iOS 8 for the iPhone 6. The new iPhone will feature a larger 4.7-inch display with a higher resolution. This is something Apple may use to add more icons to the screen. Or they could stick with the current layout, it's tough to tell.  

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iOS 8 Release Date Excitement Keeping Users Up til Midnight is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Tech Director Chat – Episode #001

The Tech Savvy Educator - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 01:37

I’ve always had a penchant for wanting to know exactly why decisions are made. Perhaps it’s a feeling of helplessness when I’m not a part of the decision making process, butI always seemed to notice that students in my classroom responded better to directions when I could give them a clear rationale about the choices I gave them as the teacher. I’m certainly not going to compare fellow teachers and colleagues to students, but I do notice that giving taking time to tell people “why” certain decisions are made regarding technology in our school district, they usually seem much more receptive.

So I did what any other instructional technologist that relishes overloading themselves would do; I created a podcast! It’s only one episode, but my Tech Director, Pete Poggione, enjoyed the unscripted (and completely unannounced) format of our chat. He said he’s be willing to do at least one more show, which for now is my goal; to get him comfortable enough to always do at least one more show. The chats are geared to be simple 15-20 minute conversations generated by questions submitted by anyone willing to ask!

You can listen using the link below or ask a question for this coming Friday by leaving a comment below!


Tech Director Chat – Ask Your Tech Director

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How to Sign for iPhone 6 Release Date Delivery

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 01:27

How to Sign for iPhone 6 Release Date Delivery is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

You woke up early for the iPhone 6 pre-order, but now you can’t be home on the iPhone 6 release date to sign for your iPhone 6 Plus or iPhone 6 delivery.

Unlike many shipments from Amazon or Best Buy, you need to sign for the iPhone 6 delivery or the FedEx driver will not leave it on your doorstep. The sam goes for UPS delivery which is the service carrying AT&T iPhone 6 deliveries to your doorstep.

Many of the iPhone 6 deliveries we are tracking are scheduled for delivery on the iPhone 6 release date by 3 PM, which is while many of us will be at work.

If you can’t be home for the iPhone 6 release date delivery you can sign for the package ahead of time and leave instructions to deliver your iPhone 6 to a neighbor or ask for it to be placed at your back door. There are also options to reschedule the delivery, hold it at a location and even get a 2 hour delivery window.

Here’s what you need to make sure you don’t miss your iPhone 6 delivery on Friday. Leonard Zhukovsky / Shutterstock.com

The first thing you’ll need is your iPhone tracking number. Most carriers are already sharing the tracking number on the order status page or by email as a shipping notification. Check there first, but if you ordered from AT&T, you may need to use a trick to find the iPhone 6 tracking number using the phone number linked to the order.

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To do this go to UPS, click on Search By Reference and then enter the phone number for the order or the Order number without the last two digits.

If you follow these steps and your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus order is en route you can do whatever you need to make sure you don’t come home to a, “Sorry we missed you notification from UPS or FedEx.

If you bought your iPhone 6 from Apple you can log in to the account used to place your order and click on the pre-sign for this shipment link. This allows you to complete an authorization for FedEx to leave the iPhone at your house without a signature. This form releases Apple and FedEx from liability if someone steals your iPhone after they leave. You need to sign the form, tell FedEx where to leave it and tape it to your door by 8 AM.

If you can’t be home, sign for the iPhone 6 release day delivery online.

If your delivery is coming from Verizon you won’t be able to complete the Apple pre-sign form, so you will want to leave a detailed note or download and complete this FedEx Release Form.

For iPhone 6 deliveries coming from UPS, the best thing to do is sign up for a free UPS My Choice account that links to your address. After this happens you can Sign for packages online. You can also leave delivery instructions and choose other important options.

With UPS My Choice you can ask UPS to Hold for Will Call at a UPS facility or pay $5 to have it delivered to a UPS Store nearby.

FedEx offers a similar option that allows you to have the iPhone 6 delivery held at a local FedEx facility with a phone call or from the web. In most cases you can pick up the iPhone 6 on the same day, but sometimes you will need to wait until Saturday. You don’t need to wait for a missed delivery to do this.

If you plan to pick up the iPhone 6 from any other place you will need your ID and to make sure you arrive when the place is still open. Don’t plan on meeting your FedEx or USP driver at the local facility un-announced as they typically leave before the place opens.

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How to Sign for iPhone 6 Release Date Delivery is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPhone 6: AT&T Next vs AT&T 2-Year Contract Price

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 23:22

iPhone 6: AT&T Next vs AT&T 2-Year Contract Price is a post by Xavier Lanier from Gotta Be Mobile.

Buying an iPhone 6 with an AT&T Next plan is one way to get an iPhone 6 without spending $199 or more up front. As of right now, with rare exceptions, there’s simply no reason for those buying an iPhone 6 to sign a traditional two-year contract and pay $199 up front. Instead, they should find the AT&T Next program that best suits their needs.

AT&T and other wireless carriers traditionally subsidize the full cost of new iPhones. The $199 starting price that Apple typically advertises includes a $450 subsidy that the carriers pay directly to Apple. Of course AT&T isn’t discounting iPhones to do you a favor, the carrier simply builds that subsidy into the required two-year contract. Carriers have spent the past couple of years shifting away from this model and are encouraging customers to pay full price for their iPhones in exchange for lower monthly service rates.

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Of course most wireless customers would balk at paying $649 plus tax for a new iPhone 6. To help iPhone buyers get around the sticker shock, AT&T offers interest-free financing through a program called AT&T Next. The program allows iPhone 6 buyers to acquire a new iPhone 6 by just paying tax up front and making installment payments on the purchase price of the iPhone 6 over 20 or 24 months.  If a customer wants to get the next iPhone early they can simply pay off the balance or trade in their iPhone 6 for the iPhone 7, or whatever Apple’s going to call it. AT&T Next 12 customers pay slightly more than AT&T Next 18 customers for the privilege of being able to trade in their phones once per year rather than once every 18 months.

The biggest difference between AT&T Next and a two-year contract is not the upfront cost of the iPhone 6 however. The biggest difference is that you are not married to AT&T service for two years. This is important to some people, especially those that move often or aren’t sure if they’ll have the funds to continue paying for expensive wireless service long term. While AT&T Next customers are on a contract for paying off the value of a device, they can leave any time by paying off the balance they owe on the cost of the device. This is similar to paying an Early Termination Fee (ETF) on a two-year contract, but there are a lot of people that complain about expensive ETF fees.

Another huge difference between AT&T Next and two-year AT&T contracts is that AT&T customers can get substantial discounts on data plans. AT&T customers get $25 per month on Mobile Share Value plans per line, so long as they’re signed up for 10GB per month or more. Those on AT&T Next plans that are under 10GB per month save $15 per line per month.  How much money AT&T Next saves you really depends on your family’s situation, including how much data is used each much.

Thankfully, AT&T’s put together a handy chart to help explain it all. For a device that has an advertised price of $199, such as the 16GB iPhone 6, the customer actually has four options. The iPhone 6 can be bought outright for $649, purchased for $199 with a two-year contract, purchased with an AT&T Next 12 contract or purchased with an AT&T Next 18 contract.Paying full price for a device is for people that don’t need to stretch their budgets and those who may not pass AT&T’s credit check. If you pay $649 upfront however, you won’t be eligible for the $25 or $10 per month AT&T Next monthly service credits.

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The chart above illustrates the total cost of 16GB iPhone 6 ownership over the first year for those on a 10GB or higher Mobile Share Value plan.  The amount within the dark blue background is the cost of the device and the amount in the lighter blue is the cost of the wireless service.  The AT&T Next 12 plan hardware costs include 12 installment payments of $32.50, while the AT&T Next 18 bar includes 12 payments of $27.09 each.  The AT&T Next 12 Plan is $149.99 cheaper than going with a two-year contract over the first year. Buying an iPhone 6 on the AT&T Next 18 plan is $199 cheaper over two years compared to buying the device on a two-year contract.  Keep in mind that all of the prices above exclude sales tax.

iPhone 6 Total Cost on AT&T Over 2 Years w/ 10+GB Mobile Share Value Plan

  • AT&T Next 12: $3,540
  • AT&T Next 18: $3,410
  • 2-Year Contract: $3560

Right now AT&T is offering a $100 statement credit with the purchase of an iPhone 6  on an AT&T Next plan. That means you can save up to $300 by going with a Next plan over the next two years rather than going the old-fashioned contract route.

 

But before you rush off and sign up for AT&T Next, keep in mind that the numbers change if your family doesn’t use a lot of data. Those on a 2GB plan for example don’t see the same kinds of savings since AT&T drops the credit down from $25 per month to $15 per month. Above is a chart illustrating the costs of each plan over the first year. As you can see, things are a lot closer. In the 10GB chart there’s a $214 gap between the AT&T Next 18 and 2-year Contract total cost of ownership for the first year. In the 2GB chart the gap narrows to just $95.

iPhone 6 Total Cost on AT&T Over 2 Years w/ Mobile Share Value Plan LESS than 10GB

  • AT&T Next 12: $1,950
  • AT&T Next 18: $1,885
  • 2-Year Contract: $2,160

The AT&T Next 12 plan is $210 cheaper than the two-year contract if you end up keeping the iPhone 6 for two years. The AT&T Next 18 plan is $275 cheaper compared to the two-year contract price over two years if you keep the iPhone 6 for the entire period.

So who shouldn’t switch to AT&T Next? Those on grandfathered AT&T contracts should tread carefully. AT&T’s tried to get people off of those plans for years and the savings may not offset having to count bits and bytes as you stream content.  You should also avoid the AT&T Next Plan if you don’t plan on taking good care of your iPhone 6. AT&T requires trade-ins to be in good condition.

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iPhone 6: AT&T Next vs AT&T 2-Year Contract Price is a post by Xavier Lanier from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPhone 6 Plus vs Galaxy Note 4: 5 Things Buyers Need to Know

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 23:03

iPhone 6 Plus vs Galaxy Note 4: 5 Things Buyers Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

With the iPhone 6 Plus release date just days away and the Galaxy Note 4 release confirmed for October, consumers are sizing up the two big screen smartphones ahead of their arrival. While we can’t make that decision for you, we can provide you with details that could help to make you come to a quicker and perhaps better decision. This iPhone 6 Plus vs Galaxy Note 4 comparison addresses the most important differences, and similarities, that buyers need to know.

Earlier this month, Samsung took to the stage in Berlin, Germany to announce several new products for the fall. First, we saw another intro for the Samsung Gear S, an Apple Watch competitor and a device that appears to be a solid alternative to current Android smartwatches. We also saw the Gear VR virtual reality headset make its first appearance.

The star of the show though was arguably the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 successor and a device that’s poised to strike in the next few weeks. As expected, the Galaxy Note 4 is a tantalizing new smartphone and one that should be tempting for those looking to grab a high-end, big-screen device.

This year is a little more complicated though. On September 9th, Apple unveiled a large screen smartphone of its own dubbed iPhone 6 Plus. It, along with the iPhone 6, will replace the iPhone 5s as the company’s new flagship smartphone options. And like the Galaxy Note 4, the iPhone 6 Plus sports some intriguing features that should help catapult it to stardom during the fall and winter months.

Consumers that haven’t already made up their mind are likely weighing the iPhone 6 Plus against the Galaxy Note 4. And while we can’t tell you what to do, we can push you in the right direction. Here, want to do exactly that. Ahead of the iPhone 6 Plus release and the Galaxy Note 4 release, we take a look at the five most important things buyers need to know about the iPhone 6 Plus vs. Galaxy Note 4.

iPhone 6 Plus Release vs. Galaxy Note 4 Release Date

The iPhone 6 Plus release date is confirmed for this Friday, September 19th. However, there are some things to keep in mind before you head to a store to try and buy one.

First off, the iPhone 6 Plus has been on sale since Friday. That’s when Apple and its partners started taking pre-orders. From what we’ve seen, the iPhone 6 Plus is sold out at most places including Apple and carrier locations. What this means is that we could potentially see long lines on Friday as consumers attempt to snag Apple’s popular new iPhone.

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Apple has admitted that overwhelming demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have knocked some shipping dates into October. The company is obviously going to work hard to keep delays down but it’s looking like the iPhone 6 Plus is going to be pretty hard to find this fall.

As for the Galaxy Note 4, well, it’s in a tougher spot. Samsung has confirmed the U.S. and global Galaxy Note 4 release date for October but the company and its carrier partners remain silent about specific release dates. Instead, consumers have had to rely on other sources for information about the Galaxy Note 4 release date.

From the look of things, the Galaxy Note 4 release is progressing nicely. We’ve seen several models clear Bluetooth and FCC certifications which are both required ahead of release. The AT&T Galaxy Note 4, Sprint Galaxy Note 4, T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4, and Verizon Galaxy Note 4 have all now crossed thru the FCC.

We’ve seen some specific dates emerge in recent days though none of them are confirmed. One retailer on Amazon is listing an October 3rd release date for the Galaxy Note 4. Retailers in the Netherlands are saying October 10th. And Clove UK, a retailer in the United Kingdom, is saying that distributors are prepping for a release during the week of October 13th.

So, while you can buy the iPhone 6 Plus now ahead of its release this week, the Galaxy Note 4 release remains a mystery. Our guess is that carriers and Samsung will announce details after the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 are released on Friday.

iPhone 6 Plus Size vs. Galaxy Note 4 Size

The term “phablet” is being thrown around a lot when describing both the iPhone 6 Plus and the Galaxy Note 4. If you’re not familiar with the term, it’s a cross between the words tablet and phone. It’s a terrible name but one that has stuck around as companies shift to larger smartphones with massive screens and tablet-like features.

Indeed, the Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6 Plus are large smartphones. Much larger than last year’s iPhone 5s and larger than many of the top Android smartphones that litter the landscape, Samsung Galaxy S5 included. Here is how the iPhone 6 Plus stacks up, size wise, with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4′s design.

Galaxy Note 4 vs. iPhone 6 Plus size.

Here’s how the size difference breaks down from a numbers standpoint:

  • iPhone 6 Plus - 158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1mm – 172 grams
  • Galaxy Note 4 – 153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm – 176 grams

The Galaxy Note 4′s is shorter, a tad bit wider, and far thicker than the all-metal iPhone 6 Plus. It also weighs a tad bit more though we doubt that you’ll be able to feel the difference. In short, both of these phones are large.

iPhone 6 Plus Specs vs. Galaxy Note 4 Specs

Not all of you will want or need to compare specs, but if you do, you’re going to find that both of these phones offer some powerful features that will help to make your decision that much harder. We’ll point out some of the key differences and some things that you probably shouldn’t dwell on in the buildup to their release.

iPhone 6 Specs
  • Apple A8 64-bit Processor
  • iOS 8
  • 5.5-inch display – 1920 x 1080  – 401 pixels per inch
  • 16GB / 64GB / 128GB storage options
  • 1.2MP front-facing camera
  • 8MP rear-facing camera with Optical Image Stabilization
  • 2915 mAh battery
  • 4G LTE
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • Touch ID Fingerprint Sensor
  • NFC
Galaxy Note 4 Specs
  • Snapdragon 805 processor (U.S.)
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat
  • 5.7-inch Quad HD display – 2560 x 1440  – 515 pixels per inch
  • 32GB storage with support for 128GB microSD cards
  • 3.7MP front-facing camera
  • 16MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3220 mAh
  • 4G LTE
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • UV sensor
  • Heart rate sensor
  • NFC
  • 3220 mAh battery
  • S Pen

As you can see, the screen size difference isn’t going to be much of a difference at all. Both provide tons of real estate for gaming, browsing the web, and more. One thing to keep in mind though is that Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 sports a higher resolution. This doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s going to blow the iPhone 6 Plus out of the water but it does mean that it will be able to keep pace with Apple’s new Retina HD display. DisplayMate, one of the leading voices on display technology, calls the Galaxy Note 4 display the best they’ve ever seen.

Both cameras will feature Optical Image Stabilization, technology that minimizes shakiness to deliver better looking photos and video. We should point out that Samsung has added a ton of new features to its popular camera application including new models for selfies. Apple has also improved its camera app with iOS 8 though it still doesn’t offer the same amount of choice.

While the iPhone 6 Plus comes in three sizes, the Galaxy Note 4 comes in one. However, what the Galaxy Note 4 lacks in internal storage, it makes up for with its expanded storage. Users can pop in a microSD card that’s up to 128GB. The iPhone 6 Plus does not come with expandable storage. Nor does it come with a removable battery.

The Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6 Plus both have large batteries. However, the Galaxy Note 4 has a removable back which means that users can easily replace the stock battery with an extended one. This is something that iPhone 6 Plus users cannot do.

iPhone 6 Plus Features vs. Galaxy Note 4 Features

Apple’s new iPhone always comes with a ton of new features. So do Samsung’s Galaxy Notes. So it’s no surprise that both of these flagships are full of powerful features.

If you upgrade to the iPhone 6 Plus, you’ll get an assortment of features that aren’t found on the Galaxy Note 4. Here, we take a look at a few of the iPhone 6 Plus features that standout from the bunch:

  • Apple Pay – NFC in the iPhone 6 will allow you to pay for things with the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. The Galaxy Note 4 has NFC on board as well though it will use different solutions for mobile payments.
  • Touch ID - The fingerprint sensor inside the home button provides added security and convenience. As we’ve noted, Apple’s Touch ID sensor is far better than the one that Samsung’s using in the Galaxy Note 4. It uses the same sensor that’s found in the Galaxy S5.
  • ColorsThe iPhone 6 comes in gold, white and gray. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 will come in black and white at first with gold and blue options coming later.

Now, we want to take a look at a few of the more intriguing Galaxy Note 4 features:

  • UV Sensor – Allows you to measure UV radiation with your phone. This is something that could help to prevent health issues and it’s something that isn’t found on the iPhone 6 Plus.
  • Heart Rate Sensor – The Galaxy Note 4 comes with a heart rate sensor tucked away near the camera. The sensor can help track your pulse and ties into the company’s new S Health 3.5 application. The iPhone 6 Plus does not feature one.
  • S Pen – This is one of the biggest differences between the two. The Galaxy Note 4 comes with a bundled stylus called the S Pen that can take advantage of unique apps. It also allows you to write and draw on the screen. It can be seen in action in the video below. Needless to say, the iPhone 6 Plus does not come with an S Pen.

iPhone 6 Plus vs. Galaxy Note 4 Software & Updates

The iPhone 6 Plus will come stock with Apple’s iOS 8 software, seen in the video below. iOS 8 is much different than the software found on the Galaxy Note 4 and because of that, software is going to play a key role in your final decision.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 runs Google’s Android 4.4.4 KitKat operating system as a base though the software has been modified with Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface. And not just any version of TouchWiz, a version that’s designed for the S Pen and mulitasking in mind.

Samsung’s made some significant improvements to this year’s S Pen including increased sensitivity on the Note 4 screen to make the note taking experience on the Galaxy Note 4 feel more like writing on paper. More sensitivity also leads to better looking text from handwriting. Samsung’s also made some significant improvements to the S Pen’s applications including, Air Command, S Note and Voice Memo, and more.

More importantly, the company has improved the Galaxy Note 4′s multitasking, multitasking that the iPhone 6 Plus simply cannot match. One of the reasons why is a feature called Multi-Window View. It can be seen in the video below.

Multi-Window View, at its most basic level, allows users to run multiple applications on screen at the same time. With the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung has made some admirable changes including the ability to access applications in full, split or pop-up screens. Galaxy Note 4 users will now also be able to reposition apps on the screen with just one swipe.

As we’ve pointed out, iOS 8 rumors point to split-screen multitasking for the iPad but those rumors have not pointed to a release for the iPhone or iPhone 6 Plus.

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iPhone 6 Plus vs Galaxy Note 4: 5 Things Buyers Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iOS 7.1.2 Jailbreak: Update Now Before iOS 8 Releases

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:19

iOS 7.1.2 Jailbreak: Update Now Before iOS 8 Releases is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

iOS 8 officially releases tomorrow (September 17), and if you haven’t jailbroken your iPhone yet on the latest version of iOS that supports it, now is the only time to do so.

iOS 7.1.2 is the latest version of iOS that’s currently available, and it’s also jailbreakable, which means that if you’re jailbroken, but aren’t updated to iOS 7.1.2, or you’re not jailbroken at all but are wanting to, today will probably be the last day to jailbreak your iOS device running iOS 7.1.2.

Of course, if you’re already running iOS 7.1.2, you can wait as long as you want to jailbreak, even if iOS 8 releases. However, if you’re running iOS 7.0.6 or any other older version of iOS 7, it’s best if you update to the latest version today before iOS 8 releases, that way you’ll be “in before the lock” so to speak.

You may be asking, what the advantages are of updating to the latest versions of iOS if you’re jailbroken, especially if updating is more hassle if you’re jailbroken, as you have to re-jailbreak when you update.

Long story short, iOS 7.1.2 comes with a lot of bug fixes and performance improvements over older version of iOS 7. Your device will be much faster and battery life will see a generous increase. Plus, iOS 7.1 comes with a handful of security fixes that make your iPhone and iPad a lot more secure against hackers and thieves.

Once Apple releases iOS 8, it will no longer sign iOS 7.1.2, which means that if you’re on an older version of iOS 7, you won’t be able to update to iOS 7.1.2 once iOS 8 is released. If you’re currently on an older version of iOS 7, you’ll have to update to iOS 8 once it’s released.

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This is why it’s extremely important to update to iOS 7.1.2 today if you plan on jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad, that way you’ll have the latest version of iOS 7 installed.

As for when we’ll see an iOS 8 jailbreak, that’s a whole other story. Ever since the initial announcement of iOS 8, jailbreakers have been curious as to when an iOS 8 jailbreak would hit the public. Of course, we could rely on past history as far as when to expect it, but even that’s a little shaky.

While the iOS 8 betas have allegedly been jailbroken already, we wouldn’t get our hopes up just yet on a public release this month.

With the announcement of the iPhone 6 today, Apple also announced that iOS 8 would officially release to the public on September 17, which is just two days before the iPhone 6?s September 19 release. However, what does this mean for an iOS 8 jailbreak?

Ever since the initial announcement of iOS 8, jailbreakers have been curious as to when an iOS 8 jailbreak would hit the public. Of course, we could rely on past history as far as when to expect it, but even that’s a little shaky.

While the iOS 8 betas have allegedly been jailbroken already, we wouldn’t get our hopes up just yet on a public release this month.

In fact, we likely won’t see an iOS 8 jailbreak until closer to the end of the year at the earliest, and that’s because jailbreak developers don’t want Apple to patch up the exploits used for the jailbreak too early. What this means is that if devs were to release the jailbreak to iOS 8 right now, Apple would quickly patch it up before the final version of iOS 8 even releases to the public, and that would be bad news for obvious reasons.

We should ultimately expect the same time frame as the iOS 7 jailbreak, which was released a few months after iOS 7 was publicly launched in September 2013. Because of this, you’ll be waiting a while for an official iOS 8 jailbreak to release.

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iOS 7.1.2 Jailbreak: Update Now Before iOS 8 Releases is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Find the Moto 360 In Stock

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 16:57

How to Find the Moto 360 In Stock is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Moto 360 is hard to find in stock, and when you can find a Moto 360 in stock online or at a local store it sell out fast. We’ll show you how to get a text alert when the Moto 360 is back in stock so you can swoop in and buy one of the new smartwatches before it sells out again.

As the Moto X (2014) release draws closer users are looking for a chance to own the Moto 360. You don’t need a Moto X to use this Android Wear smart watch, just an Android phone running Android 4.3 or later, which is a good deal of devices.

Since the Moto 360 release date it’s been tough to find the Moto 360 in stock, but records show Best Buy has the smart watch in stock at least once every day. This tool will show you if the Moto 360 is in stock at Best Buy and on Motorola.

Update: The Moto 360 is in Stock at Motorola Right Now.

The catch is this only last for 5-7 minutes and there is no rhyme or reason as to when they put more stock up for sale on Best Buy.

Find a Moto 360 in stock, including availability right now.

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We’ll show you how to get an alert when the Moto 360 is in stock at Best Buy, so you can jump on the offering and be one of the few buyers that actually gets the new smartwatch.

The first thing you’ll need to do is visit the Moto 360 page for Now In Stock. This shows a history of the Moto 360 in stock at Best Buy for the black and gray Moto 360. You can see that the Moto 360 is in stock roughly once a day for a few minutes in at least one color option.

Instead of looking for the Moto 360 at 5:48AM, every morning you can set up a free in stock alert that sends you an email, text or browser notification when the Moto 360 is in stock at Best Buy.

Get Moto 360 in stock alerts for free.

This allows you to act quickly and buy one before it sells out again. It looks like this is tied to online orders, rather than local in store stock, but you can choose in store pickup after a few days if you don’t want to ship this to you.

You need to register for a free account at Now In Stock to get the text and email alerts as well as Browser alerts. These are free, other than carrier text message charges and are the best way to get your hands on the Moto 360 faster.

If you act fast, this will allow you to find the Moto 360 in stock and buy one while they are still tough to find.

The Moto 360 features an aluminum design with a leather band, and there is a stainless steel option coming as well as the ability to swap out bands. The circular display looks good indoors and out and delivers access to all the notifications you see on your phone as well as Google Now.

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How to Find the Moto 360 In Stock is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 5: 5 Things Buyers Need to Know

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 23:21

iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 5: 5 Things Buyers Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Those tasked with trying to decide between keeping the iPhone 5 or buying an iPhone 6 to replace it are in for a pretty tough decision. While we can’t make that decision for you, we can provide you with details that could help to make you come to a quicker, better decision. This here iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5 comparison addresses the most important differences that buyers need to know.

Two years ago, the iPhone 5 was one of the best smartphones money could buy. The revamped iPhone 5 delivered a brand new industrial design, a larger 4-inch display, a brand new camera, new processor, more carriers, iOS 6, the new Lightning dock standard, and 4G LTE data speeds in an effort to better compete against top Android smartphones.

It’s hard to recommend the iPhone 5 now, especially with the iPhone 5s down to $99 or less on-contract, though we imagine most people aren’t weighing the iPhone 5 against this year’s iPhone. No, a vast majority of people comparing the two are most likely current iPhone 5 owners looking to make the switch after two years with Apple’s aging former flagship. As we’ve pointed out, it’s not going to be an easy decision.

Thanks to its hardware and its updated software that’s soon to include Apple’s iOS 8 update, the iPhone 5 is still a solid smartphone. In other words, many users don’t need to rush into an upgrade. We can’t blame you if you’re at least taking a peek at the iPhone 6 though.

Last week, Apple debuted its new iPhone 6. The new iPhone 6 comes in two different sizes with two different names. The smaller of the two is called iPhone 6 while the other is called iPhone 6 Plus. Both come with some significant upgrades including high-powered hardware, updated iOS 8 software and a brand new look. They’re tempting, to say the least.

We can’t tell you what to do but we can push you in the right direction and here, we want to do exactly that. Here, we take a look at the five most important things buyers need to know about the iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 5.

iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 5 Size

The iPhone 5 design was a huge step up from the glass and plastic found on the iPhone 4s. Instead of those materials, Apple infused metal with glass to create an industrial design that put competitors to shame. With the iPhone 6, Apple ditched the glass and has shifted to a pure metal design that looks a whole lot different than the iPhone 5′s.

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iPhone 5 vs. iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus.

This year’s iPhone sports a new design in addition to a larger design that accommodates the increase in screen size. Apple’s iPhone 6 is large but the iPhone 6 Plus is actually much larger. Here’s how it compares.

  • iPhone 6 Plus - 158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1mm – 172 grams
  • iPhone 6 – 138.2 x 67.1 x 6.9mm – 129 grams
  • iPhone 5 – 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm – 112 grams

Both devices are larger than the iPhone 5 though they are both thinner than Apple’s iPhone from two years ago. The iPhone 5 is, however, lighter than both of Apple’s new models.

iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 5 Display

When you start to compare the iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5 screen size and specs there are some very distinct differences that upgraders need to be aware of. The iPhone 5 display is much smaller than the displays found on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. It also does not come with the same high resolution Retina HD display that Apple’s tacked onto the new iPhones.

Here’s how it breaks down:

  • iPhone 6 – 4.7-inch 1,334 x 750 – 326 pixels per inch
  • iPhone 6 Plus – 5.5-inch 1,920 x 1080  – 401 pixels per inch
  • iPhone 5 – 4-inch 1,136 x 640 – 326 pixels per inch

Essentially you’re looking at a bigger displays that deliver better looking images and video thanks to advancements in screen technology and a higher resolution. Keep the trade off in mind though. The larger displays mean that the overall size of these phones is going to be bigger, something that makes them a little harder to use with one hand.

To better accommodate those making the switch, Apple added a one-handed mode called Reachability that allows you to slide the top of the display down to reach the upper edge.

iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 5 Specs

Not every iPhone 5 owner wants to compare specs of an older phone to the specs of a newer phone, but if you do, the iPhone 6 is a clear winner. Apple adds faster WiFi, a new 64 bit processor that unlocks better performance and gaming and more. All of these features should make an upgrade look pretty tempting in the days ahead.

iPhone 6 Specs
  • Apple A8 64-bit Processor
  • iOS 8
  • 4.7-inch display / 5.5-inch display
  • 16GB / 64GB / 128GB storage options
  • 1.2MP front-facing camera
  • 8MP rear-facing camera (iPhone 6 Plus comes with Optical Image Stabilization)
  • 2,915 mAh (iPhone 6 Plus) / 1,800 mAh battery (iPhone 6)
  • 4G LTE
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • Touch ID Fingerprint Sensor
  • NFC
iPhone 5 Specs
  • Apple A6 Processor
  • iOS 7.1 (will get iOS 8)
  • 4-inch display
  • 16GB / 32GB/ 64GB storage options
  • 1.2MP front-facing camera
  • 8MP rear-facing camera
  • 1,440 mAh battery
  • 802.11 a,b,g,n,n WiFi
  • 4G LTE

The iPhone 5′s specs are trumped by the specs found on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 5 still sports some solid specifications but the A8 processor and the larger battery sizes should help the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to deliver better all-around performance.

iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 5 Features

Apple’s new iPhone always comes with a ton of new features and Apple’s new iPhones both offer some likeable new features that might make the upgrade worth it to many iPhone 5 users.

When you upgrade to the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, you’ll get a much better camera, faster internet and now the option to make payments using Apple Pay by tapping the iPhone to a credit card reader.

  • Camera – The new iPhone 6 includes an 8MP camera with a better sensor that will take better photos than the iPhone 5. The iPhone 6 Plus features Optical Image Stabilization that minimizes shakiness for better quality photos and video.
  • Apple Pay – NFC in the iPhone 6 will allow you to pay for things with the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. This does not come with the iPhone 6.
  • Storage – The Phone 6 is available with up to 128GB of storage and 64GB is now $100 cheaper.
  • Touch ID - The fingerprint sensor inside the home button provides added security and convenience.
  • ColorsThe iPhone 6 comes in gold, white and gray.

One thing that we should also point out is that the iPhone 5 will be compatible with the Apple Watch that’s coming to shelves in early 2015. Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be compatible as well.

iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 5 Software & Updates

iOS 8 represents the iPhone 5′s second major iOS update. Apple typically outfits iPhones for three years before casting them off to the side. This means that the iPhone 5 should get next year’s iOS 9 update before Apple kills support. This is something that’s going to make the upgrade to the iPhone 6 especially tough for iPhone 5 users.

On the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, support is just starting.What this means is that you can expect three or more years of support for new software updates. It also means that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will likely get better versions of upcoming iOS updates. Apple will often strip out features in an effort to improve performance on older devices.

In other words, the upcoming iOS 9 updates for this trio of devices may not be created equal.

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iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 5: 5 Things Buyers Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Does the iPhone 6 Plus Fit in a Pocket?

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Does the iPhone 6 Plus Fit in a Pocket? is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple announced two new iPhones this month with large screens that left potential buyers wondering if the iPhone 6 fits in a pocket. And users looking for the biggest screen Apple offers on an iPhone want to know if the iPhone 6 plus fit in a pocket.

Thankfully we have an iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus mockup that matches the new iPhone measurements, and we have pockets so we can test this for you.

The height and width of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus we use for this test match exactly, the dummy units are just a bit thicker.

Does the iPhone 6 Plus fit in a pocket?

We’ll share our results and then let you know what you can use to test the size of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in your own pockets.

Read: Which iPhone 6 Should I Buy?

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For this experiment we are testing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the front pocket of a mens jeans and in the front and back pocket of a pair of women’s jeans. If you wear skinny jeans or need to test in a uniform or special outfit we share some samples that will help you check the fit.

iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus Pocket Test

In the short video below you can see how the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus fit in a pocket. if you are a guy, you probably won’t have any trouble even with the larger iPhone 6 Plus, but in our test the two new iPhones are rather big for pockets on a pair of women’s jeans.

The iPhone 6 features a 4.7-inch display and the iPhone 6 Plus a 5.5-inch display. The larger display means a larger phone, which is in turn harder to fit in small pockets.

Ladies will see the brunt of this issue with dress pants and jeans designed with pockets large enough to carry a half-dollar, but not much else. In our test the iPhone 5s already sticks out of the pocket slightly, the iPhone 6 is poking out even more and the iPhone 6 Plus may not even fit in the pocket of some jeans.

If you wear jeans with shallow pockets the iPhone 6 is probably OK, but the iPhone 6 Plus is not pocket friendly for several pairs of women’s jeans and work pants we tested.

The best way to try this yourself is to use a phone that is almost the same size as the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6, or to print out paper version that you can put in your pocket.

Here’s how to see if the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 is pocket friendly.

If you can comfortably fit the Galaxy Note 3 in your pocket, the iPhone 6 Plus will work. These phones are not the same size, but they are close enough for a test if you know someone with the Galaxy Note 3.

For users looking to try the iPhone 6 in a pocket, grab a Galaxy S4 and see if you can carry it in your pockets. This is not exactly the same size, but again it is close enough to test your pockets.

Another option is to download and print an iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus size test PDF from GadgetHacks. Print this at 100% size and then cut the mock ups out and place them in your pocket. Obviously this won’t give you the same thickness as the iPhone 6 Plus or iPhone 6, but width and height are the big concerns.

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Does the iPhone 6 Plus Fit in a Pocket? is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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